City or town of residence: Castle Rock, for almost six years.
Related elected-office or public-service experience: Have served in the Army for 10 years: two years active, eight years reserve.
Why are you seeking this office?
At a time when politics are driving further to the right and the left, and has become about competing, who wins and who loses, the voters lose every time. I will work in Congress to enact legislation that helps the people of the 4th Congressional District, and I will stand up for them as their elected representative.
What makes you the most qualified person for the position?
I grew up in a small farming community in Indiana and know what it is like to live in rural America. I am a horse and cow veterinarian. I work on the farms and ranches of eastern Colorado, and I understand the people of eastern Colorado … I earned the Bronze Star for my service in Afghanistan and worked in civil affairs, communicating and working with local villagers to determine and meet their concerns and needs. My background will give me the ability to deliver my message to conservatives and progressives alike and have real conversations about the needs of CD4.
What would your top two priorities be if elected?
My first priority is achieving a system of health care in our district and nation that provides for the needs of everyone. Too many people have inadequate or absent health care in this country … If you can pay, we should make it cost-effective — if you can't, then we should provide it to you. Secondly, we need to start thinking about our energy future now and transition to renewable sources of energy … If we prepare now for what is inevitable, we will be in a better position to keep the economic opportunities here, and position Colorado to be a national leader in renewable energy.
What else should the voters know about you?
I am the proud father of two daughters, aged 13 and 8. I am running for Congress ultimately to protect their future and that of generations to come.
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